I'm 30 Years Old, But I Cut My Hair Short to Look Younger

I've been getting really positive feedback about the four sections of the long poem "Safe" that were excerpted in the current Hayden's Ferry Review—people are even emailing me to tell me how powerful the pieces are, which hasn't happened before. I have to admit I'm glad.

But other than that, I'm having a hard time excerpting pieces from the rest of the book. The first section—where "Safe" is—is really the only section built out of discrete poems in an overarching sequence. The second section is a film essay and lyric narrative (hard to excerpt) and the third section is a complete and total narrative in prose poems.

I'm thinking about adding thoughts like "At this point in the story..." as author's notes for those pieces, but it seems cheesy. Or altering titles for individual sections. I don't know. Very lost right now, very lost.

But, still. I sent portions of "Safe" and the film essay in for my grant and it won. Encouragement is coming from all sides. Acceptance, hopefully, to follow.


  1. Congratulations on the grant, Charlie! Yay!

  2. I would bet money that the parts you think you can't exerpt would be wonderful just chopped up randomly. People are willing to take a lot on faith. We (the writer) get got up in our narrative, but the readers are often willing go with the flow...

  3. Yes, yay! This is good news!